Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Box Office: Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” Grabs $20 Mil in the US, $150 Mil Worldwide After Delayed Opening


It didn’t play in New York or a lot of New Jersey or California. But Christoper Nolan’s “Tenet” — which also didn’t use drive ins but regular theaters where it could — time traveled to hit status over the weekend.

“Tenet” earned $20,200,00 in 2,810 theaters from the previews that began Tuesday through Friday and Labor Day weekend. Worldwide,  it took in $146 million. With a $200 million budget, the signs are good for a break even $450 million worldwide take…over time.

“Tenet” should have “Legs”– especially with repeat viewings. I think you have to go back at least once to try and find the clues and Easter eggs. Enough people have seen it now to realize it’s Himesh Patel on the speedboat with Elizabeth Debicki toward the end. Patel starred in a movie called “Yesterday,” which I think was a clue and a little joke.

“Tenet” will be an Oscar nominee, and so should Nolan this year. If not, we’ll go back in time and fix it!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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